Finding the right sponsor is critical for your continuing sobriety and, for many, it’s one of the most important relationships ever made in recovery. This is why it pays to carve out some time to figure out the best possible choice for you and your long-term sobriety. Of course, you’ll want to choose someone whose...Read more..
At the beginning of the summer we discussed a topic of the utmost importance regarding addiction. A vaccine for heroin and other opioids. A drug that could influence one’s immune system to keep opioids from passing the blood-brain barrier. Effectively removing one’s ability to get high or overdose on an opioid. If you are thinking...Read more..
There is no telling where substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders will take you. In most cases, nowhere that would be considered ideal. People who seek help for addiction are, in many cases, destitute and are perhaps living on the streets. Homelessness and addiction can often go hand-in-hand. And with limited resources, getting off...Read more..
We already know that marijuana can be addictive — about nine percent of those who smoke pot will become addicted, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We also know that some people experience an acute psychotic reaction (disturbed perceptions and thoughts, paranoia) or panic attacks while under the influence of pot. Marijuana also...Read more..
Regarding mental illness, when it rains it pours. At least that is often the reality in the field of addiction medicine. To be clear, addiction is a form of mental illness with many symptoms, one of which is the misuse of drugs and/or alcohol. It’s a disease of the mind that has no known cure...Read more..
By now, you know that meditation is important for achieving and maintaining lasting recovery and finding joy in a life without drugs or alcohol. To recap: It will help you reduce stress; give you greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and emotional control; improve energy and motivation to stay sober; and more! Yet you may not be getting...Read more..
The Social Model of Addiction Treatment We wanted to provide a visual representation of why the social model is so effective in the treatment of addiction. This graphic illustrates some of the important differences between the isolated life of the continuing user compared to the strength that comes from being part of a recovery community....Read more..
As long as doctors continue to prescribe opioids, certain patients will be in need of addiction treatment. That is a fact. Prescription opioids, or opioids of any kind for that matter, are addictive. While not everyone who takes opioids will fall into the cycle of addiction, the odds are extremely high. Millions of Americans have...Read more..
Eating healthy shouldn’t be an afterthought during recovery. In fact, adding the right foods into your diet can help repair your body, boost your mood, and give you more energy to endure the hard work of rehab. If the idea of healthful eating makes your head (and stomach) whirl a little, don’t worry. You don’t need to...Read more..
In the past, we have written about synthetic drugs, including synthetic cannabis or bath salts, perhaps the two most popular types. Such drugs are most commonly used among young people, the impoverished or people looking to beat a drug test. The news has been good about scaring some people away from trying or using these...Read more..